July 07, 2016 - 11:17 AM
SUN PEAKS - The new health centre scheduled to open in Sun Peaks this winter has been delayed.
After weeks of negotiations with a Kamloops construction company, Sun Peaks mayor Al Raine says talks fell apart as estimated costs began to rise. The project is now delayed by a couple months, he estimates.
“We had hoped to be in the ground in May,” he says. “We think we’ll be in the ground by the end of July if everything goes well.”
The structure was planned to be finished in September, with the completed building opening in December. That’s not going to be the case anymore, Raine says, as there's no one to build the structure yet. The new target for completion is now February 2017.
Negotiations are have started with a different contractor now, who has experience working in Sun Peaks, but nothing is nailed down.
The town is putting $1.1 million into the health centre, while the resort’s owners are contributing $800,000 for ski patrol offices. Negotiations ended as the estimated price from the contractor for the city’s portion began to rise to $1.4 million.
“We really believed we had a price agreed to and it was all moving in the right direction,” Raine says, adding he's disappointed with the turn of events.
“We had hoped to be ready for the ski season with a nice new building and services.”
Until the new centre is open the current health centre will continue operating as it has been.
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